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The Prime Minister says 23

Russian diplomats will be

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expelled from the UK,

after it ignored a deadline

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to explain why a Soviet nerve agent

was used on a former

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spy in Salisbury.

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There is no alternative conclusion

other than the Russian estate --

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state was culpable for the attempted

murder of Mr Skripal and his

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daughter, and for threatening the

lives of other British citizens in

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Salisbury, including Detective

Sergeant Nick Bailey.

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Russia's Foreign Minister accuses

Britain of trying to mislead

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the international community

about the poisoning

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of Sergei and Yulia Skripal.

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We'll have the first

reaction to the measures,

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in Westminster and Moscow.

Also this lunchtime...

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Tributes pour in for

Professor Stephen Hawking,

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one of the world's finest scientific

mind, who's died at the age of 76.

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Here are the most important

pieces of advice I've

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passed on to my children.

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One, remember to look

up out of the stars

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and not down at your feet.

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Two, never give up work.

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Work gives you meaning and purpose,

and life is empty without it.

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From east coast to west coast,

school students in America

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are about to begin a walk-out

to remember the victims of last

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month's Florida school shooting.

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And another medal for Paralympics GB

- Menna Fitzpatrick and her skiing

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partner bring their medal tally

to three at the winter games.

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In the sport on BBC News,

Antonio Conte prepares his Chelsea

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players to "suffer" away

at Barcelona in the Champions League

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later, but says they can get an away

goal in the last 16 second leg.

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Good afternoon and welcome

to the News at One.

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Apologies for the sound problems at

the start of your -- the programme.

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In the last few minutes,

Theresa May has announced that

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23 Russian diplomats will be

expelled in response

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to the use of a Soviet-era

nerve agent in Salisbury,

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to try to kill a former

Russian spy Sergei Skripal

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and his daughter Yulia.

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Theresa May has told MPs that 23

Russian diplomats will be expelled

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from Britain. High-level contacts

with Russia are being suspended.

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Moscow had declined to respond to a

midnight deadline set by Mrs May

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foreheads to explain the use of a

Soviet era nerve agent in the

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attack. The Prime Minister said

Russia had responded with sarcasm,

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defiance and a complete disdain for

the gravity of the situation.

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Jonathan Blake has the latest.

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The Tampa talking had finished, the

time for action had come. Senior

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Cabinet ministers came and went from

Number 10 this morning, were Theresa

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May staged a meeting of the National

Security Council and organised

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measures against Russia in response

to an attack on a former spy. The

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Prime Minister went to Parliament to

set out what the UK would do.

Under

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the Vienna Convention, the United

Kingdom will now expelled 23 Russian

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diplomats who have been identified

as undeclared intelligence officers.

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They have just one week to leave.

This will be the single stab --

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single biggest expulsion from more

than 30 years and it reflects the

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fact this is not the first time the

Russian state has acted against our

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country. Through these expulsions we

will fundamentally degrade Russian

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intelligence capability in the UK

for years to come. And if they seek

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to rebuild it, we will prevent them

from doing so.

The government had

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promised a robust response. MPs were

keen to hear how it planned to act.

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We will increase checks on private

flights, customs and freight. We

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will freeze Russian state assets

where we have the evidence they may

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be used to threaten the life and

property of UK nationals residents.

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And led by the National Crime

Agency, we will continue to bring

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all the capabilities of UK law

enforcement to bear against serious

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criminals and corrupt elites. There

is no place for these people are

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their money in our country.

The

Prime Minister outlined changes to

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the diplomatic relationship with

Russia.

Will suspend all high-level

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bilateral contacts between the

United Kingdom and the Russian

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Federation, including revoking the

invitation to Sergei Lavrov to visit

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the UK, and confirming they will be

no attendance by ministers are

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members of the Royal family at the

World Cup in Russia this summer.

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Labour had wanted new laws targeting

individuals and their finances,

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hitting the Russians were hit hard.

This would mean you follow the

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money. In other words, you name

individuals and others who have

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committed human rights abuses,

whether Russians are anywhere, just

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like Obama did in America, you name

the man prevent the use of the

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financial services.

The attack in

Salisbury has led to diplomatic

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deadlock and action by one country

against another. Last night the

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Russian Embassy threatened

retaliation. With the UK's position

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now clear, Russia will be preparing

its next move.

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Jonathan Blake, BBC News,

Westminster.

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In a moment we'll speak

to Richard Galpin in Moscow.

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But first, let's talk

to our assistant political editor,

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Norman Smith, at Westminster.

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A very strong statement, a lot in

there. The reference to the World

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Cup. Talk us through those key

elements?

Mrs May has signalled the

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government will arm itself with a

package of measures which will

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punish Russia not just through the

expulsion of more than 20 diplomats,

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the biggest expulsion of diplomats

in more than 30 years, but also the

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suggestion that the government will

look at fresh counterespionage

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legislation, tighter restrictions on

Russians coming into the UK, and

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examined possibly curbs on the flow

of Russian money into the City of

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London. A whole range of measures

prompted not just by the Salisbury

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attack, but also by the Russian

response to the Salisbury attack.

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Mrs May accusing the Russians of

responding with sarcasm, disdain and

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contempt. Pointing, for example, to

the light-hearted Twitter responses

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to the attack. At the same time it

was a response prompted by Russia's

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previous conduct. Of course, the

murder of Alexander Litvinenko, the

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interference in western elections,

the cyber warfare. And lastly, Mrs

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May suggested this was a moment for

the West to defend its values. So

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that underpinned the reasons for the

scale of the response. But

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significant as well, I think, that

Mrs May did not pick up many of the

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suggestions floated when she made

her initial statement on Monday.

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There was no move to close down

Russia today ordered to withdraw the

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football team from the World Cup.

Limited information about further

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possible economic sanctions. I think

that suggests the government want to

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have a range of measures that are

deliverable and realistic. They do

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not want to make claims which they

can then not followed through on.

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This is a very carefully calibrated

set of sanctions against Russia,

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albeit government figures fully

expect reprisals by Moscow.

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Norman, thank you.

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Richard Galpin is in Moscow for us.

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Has there been any immediate

reaction there?

No, not so far. It

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is obviously too early. I would

imagine the Kremlin will be mulling

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over very carefully what Theresa May

has just announced. Earlier in the

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day there was angry rhetoric coming

from Sergei lag -- Sergei Lavrov. He

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said Russia had no motive to carry

out this attack and the

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investigation essentially was pretty

much a joke. They had not found any

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evidence or any facts. They were

also saying that they had destroyed

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their chemical weapons. I think

there are certain elements that will

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be taken seriously by the Russians.

Obviously the attempt to dismantle

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Russia's intelligence operation in

Britain, I think, is very

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significant. We know there are a

large number of Russian spies

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operating covertly and placed in the

Russian Embassy, very large numbers.

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The largest number since the Cold

War. I think that will have an

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impact. I think also this plan to

introduce law amendments is

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significant. It targets government

officials the world who have been

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accused of human rights abuses. They

could face travel bans and

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sanctions. That could affect a

significant number of Russian

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officials.

Richard Galpin, many thanks.

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Our diplomatic correspondent,

James Robbins, is here.

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There is a lot in this. What are

your initial thoughts?

I just want

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to focus on one set of numbers. I

think that tells us a lot of this

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story. 23 diplomats are being kicked

out. Theresa May said that they are

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undeclared intelligence officers,

spies. That is a huge proportion of

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Russia's diplomatic representation

in London. There are only 58 names

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on the London diplomatic list. So

effectively, Britain is expelling,

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by my calculation, just over 39%.

Almost 40% of all the diplomats in

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London. Russian diplomats.

Proportionately it is huge. It may

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not seem Lawrence. Remember, Britain

expelled 105 Soviet diplomats at the

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height of the Cold War in 1951. But

that was less than 20% of the 550

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total then in the UK. This is almost

double in terms of proportion. This

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is by far the largest proportionate

expulsion we have ever made.

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Therefore, we can expect, I think,

retaliation from the Russians. If

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they go ahead with their threat to

conduct tit-for-tat, we can expect a

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lot of diplomats coming back from

Russia.

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James Robinson, thank you.

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With strong economic ties

between Russian and Britain, any

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sanctions could harm both economies.

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Naomi Grimley looks at how

the Kremlin might react

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to the Prime Minister's

announcement.

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Time has run out. Ever since Theresa

May issued her ultimatum to Russia,

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the international community has been

speculating about what the UK would

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do and how Russia in turn would

respond. For his part, the Russian

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Foreign Minister is adamant.

Britain's accusations are unfounded.

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TRANSLATION:

There is only

backsliding. We have not seen any

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progress. We still haven't received

any official request from London in

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regard to the poisoning of Skripal

and his daughter.

He is now no

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longer welcome on official business

in the UK. And Britain says it has

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identified 23 undeclared

intelligence officers who now have a

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week to leave this Embassy. It is

the largest expulsion of Russian

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diplomats for more than 30 years. A

tit-for-tat response means British

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diplomats in Moscow will now be

expecting a similar call. After

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Alexander Litvinenko's murder from

radioactive poisoning, the UK kicked

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out of four Russian officials. Four

British officials were sent home at

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the same time. It is well known that

super rich Russians like London as a

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destination for shopping and living

the high life. Transparency

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International says of £4.4 billion

worth of property board with

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suspicious wealth in the UK, more

than a fifth has been purchased by

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Russians. The UK Government will now

impose travel bans and asset freezes

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on those individuals here with links

to the Kremlin. Some are nervous

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that British business interests

could suffer a backlash.

If you are

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going after Russians and sanctions

you face a backlash from the Russian

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government. There are Russian

companies, there are UK companies in

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Russia who are possibly vulnerable

to counter sanctions. We know the

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Russian parliament are preparing met

-- Murer measures.

Sanctions were

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introduced by the EU and the US

after Russia's annexation of Crimea

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and its support... Those measures

may have pit the Russian economy but

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have they changed President Putin's

behaviour on the world stage? Row

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that is a harder question to answer.

Naomi Grimley, BBC News.

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Our business editor,

Simon Jack, is here.

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Give us a sense of the scale of the

ties between Britain and Russia?

We

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tend to focus on Russians over here,

but let's remind ourselves that BP,

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one of our biggest companies, owns

one fifth of Russia's most valuable

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company, Rosneft. Quite exposed.

That is why you saw today quite a

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distinct attempt to separate the

business interests, those kind of

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business ties, from the diplomatic

and the political. For example,

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there was no talk of cutting Russian

banks from the inter-payment system.

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That would've very aggravating.

Anyway they have done the political

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and diplomatic, and left the

business untouched. Yes, some extra

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checks on people coming in from

Russia, which may be a little bit

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embarrassing, a little bit

embarrassing. Yes, we had the extra

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power is being added. Frankly, there

is not much in there that you

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couldn't do through the criminal

finances act anyway. All in all I

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think this was very mindfully trying

to leave the legitimate business

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interests out of this particular

diplomatic picture, and there were

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warm words for those people like

Roman Abramovic, who do their

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business perfectly legitimately. She

was keen to point out that lots of

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legitimate business goes on and we

don't want to interrupt that.

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Simon Jack.

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Now the other main story this

lunchtime.

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Tributes have been pouring

in from around the world

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for the renowned physicist

Professor Stephen Hawking,

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who's died at the age of 76.

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Famous for his work on black

holes and relativity,

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he was diagnosed with motor

neurone disease in 1964,

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and told he had only

a few years to live.

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Over the subsequent

decades, he shaped modern

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cosmology and inspired

a generation of scientists.

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Pallab Ghosh looks back

at a remarkable life and career.

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He celebrated his 75th birthday at

Cambridge University. His work has

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transformed our understanding of the

universe put up as well as a

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scientific achievements it was a

tribute to his determination and

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humanity.

When I was diagnosed at 21

I would told it would kill me into

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three years. Now 54 years later, I'm

in a wheelchair but still working

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and producing scientific papers.

Stephen Hawking tackle the issue of

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what happened to objects when they

fell into black holes. It had been

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thought nothing could escape but he

came up with a theory that a type of

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radiation emerged as material go

into them. His work helped

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scientists gain deeper insight into

the formation of the universe. As

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well as his own work he would often

talk about the social responsibility

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that scientists had and he was

especially concerned about President

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Trump and his decision to withdraw

from the Paris climate change

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treaty.

We are close to the tipping

point for a global warming becomes

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irreversible. That could push the

earth over the edge.

Stephen Hawking

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was gathered to three children and

speaking last year his daughter said

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that his life was an inspiration to

all.

People who have lived in

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extreme circumstances seem to find

something remarkable in his

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persistence and ability to rise

above his suffering and still want

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to communicate at a higher level.

Here are the most important pieces

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of advice that I have passed on to

my children. Remember to look up at

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the stars is not down at your feet.

Never give up work.

Tributes of

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coming from around the world. In a

statement the US space agency Nasa

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said that his theories had lobbed a

universe of possibility. And we in

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the world are exploring them. The

actor Eddie red mane who won an

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Oscar for his betrayal of the three

said we have lost a truly beautiful

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mind. An astonishing scientist and

the funniest man I've ever the

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pleasure to meet. His three children

said that their father had once said

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it would not be much of a universe

if it was not home to the people you

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love. We will miss him forever. He

became the worlds most famous

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scientist. From his TV appearances

in The Simpsons he reached people

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not normally interested in science.

He even appeared on Star Trek. With

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Sir Isaac Newton.

The legacy will be

the scientists he inspired and there

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will be thousands of them. And they

are still being inspired today.

If

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you reverse time the universe is

getting smaller.

In 2014 his life

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was dramatised in the theory of

everything. At Cambridge University

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unveiled a statue of him, a rare

honour for someone still living. But

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few did more to challenge our

understanding of the universe and

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overcome personal challenges.

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Professor Stephen Hawking,

who's died at the age of 76.

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Our top story this lunchtime.

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The Prime Minister says 23

Russian diplomats will be

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expelled from the UK -

after it ignored a deadline

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to explain why a Soviet nerve agent

was used on a former spy

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in Salisbury.

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Coming up in sport.

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Imad Cheltenham and there could be a

big win for one of the top female

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jockeys here at ladies day.

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Could Mark Hughes be

named as the new manager

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at Southampton later?

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The former Manchester City and Stoke

boss is close to agreeing a deal

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to replace the sacked

Maurico Pelligrino.

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In the next hour, school students

across America will begin a walkout

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to remember the victims of last

month's Florida school shooting -

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and press politicians

to pass stricter gun laws.

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Pupils will leave their

classes for 17 minutes -

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one minute for each person

who was killed.

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The protest is the latest move

in an increasingly polarised debate

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about gun control in the US -

as Dan Johnson reports.

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Parkland, Florida.

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One month ago.

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17 dead in the sort of school

shooting that's become familiar.

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One week later, a backlash

beyond anything seen before.

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Young people saying,

enough is enough.

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We're going to keep pushing

until something is done.

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Because people are dying and this

can't happen any more.

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And the President

was forced to listen.

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I turned 18 the day after.

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Woke up to the news that my

best friend was gone.

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And I don't understand why

I could still go into a store

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and buy a weapon of war.

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But the National Rifle Association

had some old warnings.

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Their goal is to eliminate

the Second Amendment.

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And our firearms freedoms.

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So they can eradicate

all individual freedoms.

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Some stores raised the age

for buying guns to 21,

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others ended discounts

for gun owners.

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The president though favoured

more guns in schools.

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It is concealed so this crazy man

who walked in wouldn't even know

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who it is that has it.

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That's good.

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That's not bad, that's good.

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And a teacher would have shot

the hell out of him before

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he knew what happened.

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Today right across America kids

will walk out of class.

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We are tired of having

to feel afraid when we

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come into our schools.

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We want to feel safe here.

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That could have been us,

but it was them and I think that

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really struck a chord

with a lot of us.

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We stand in solidarity

with the mission to make

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sure something like this

never happens again.

0:22:140:22:15

So many shootings,

yet so little change.

0:22:150:22:17

The voice of the young, though,

is getting harder to ignore.

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Dan Johnson, BBC News.

0:22:200:22:21

CBS correspondent Nikki Battiste

is outside the school

0:22:210:22:23

in Parkland, Florida.

0:22:230:22:30

Just tell us a bit more about the

students, and everything they are

0:22:300:22:35

planning across the country today.

The students here refused to be

0:22:350:22:44

silenced, their leading the

nationwide student walk-out today to

0:22:440:22:47

remember the classmates that last

and they want to continue the fight

0:22:470:22:51

for gun reform. Around 3000 schools

here in the US are expected to have

0:22:510:22:56

students walking out 17 minutes, one

minute for each of the victims of

0:22:560:23:00

the parkland shooting a month ago.

There will also observe a moment of

0:23:000:23:05

silence and possibly wear orange,

the current - the colour that is a

0:23:050:23:10

symbol of gun violence awareness. It

happened at ten o'clock local time

0:23:100:23:14

and these students, this is not the

end for them. They will continue

0:23:140:23:18

this fight. On March the 24th in

Washington there will be a protest

0:23:180:23:24

were hundreds of thousands are

expected. They're prepared to cross

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the country. There is some concern

about whether the walk-outs are good

0:23:290:23:33

but one psychologist said it could

benefit the students to give them a

0:23:330:23:40

voice. And once daddy shows that

teens who participate in activism

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are likely to have a higher

education and higher income than

0:23:430:23:48

teenagers who do not. So that is

giving parents a bit more

0:23:480:23:52

encouragement for the but students

are worried about disciplinary

0:23:520:23:56

action. Some schools in the US are

discouraging students from

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dissipating in this walk today. Some

schools say they could give them

0:23:590:24:03

detention or mark them as absent.

Thank you.

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West Mercia police say they're

currently dealing with 46 young

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people who are victims of child

sexual exploitation,

0:24:110:24:13

or are at risk of being abused,

in Telford in Shropshire.

0:24:130:24:17

It comes after an investigation

by a national newspaper suggested up

0:24:170:24:20

to a thousand girls could have been

sexually assaulted in the town

0:24:200:24:22

over the last 40 years.

0:24:220:24:26

Sima Kotecha reports.

0:24:260:24:30

Night-time in Telford.

0:24:300:24:35

Recent reports say up to 1000 girls

could have been sexually

0:24:350:24:37

abused in the town over

the last four decades.

0:24:370:24:42

The police here say

the moment they are dealing

0:24:420:24:44

with less than 50 cases.

0:24:440:24:45

We know that we currently

are working jointly with the local

0:24:450:24:48

authority, with 46 young people

between the age of 13 and 19.

0:24:480:24:51

And they are people we have

identified are at risk.

0:24:510:24:54

Not necessarily being offended

against, we're working

0:24:540:24:57

with them to prevent them

from becoming victims.

0:24:570:24:59

And those that have been,

to identify offenders

0:24:590:25:01

and prosecute them.

0:25:010:25:05

In 2013 seven men including these

two brothers Adil and Mubarak Ali,

0:25:050:25:08

were jailed after police launched

an investigation into child

0:25:080:25:11

prostitution in the town.

0:25:110:25:13

Some believe white, vulnerable girls

are still being targeted

0:25:130:25:16

by mainly Asian gangs.

0:25:160:25:21

Holly told the BBC she was groomed,

beaten and raped in Telford.

0:25:210:25:26

I'd be being sold maybe two or three

times a night and the people

0:25:260:25:30

who would pay for the girls

in Telford, there was men

0:25:300:25:33

of every race, religion,

coming in there and wanting

0:25:330:25:36

to pay for girls.

0:25:360:25:40

Politicians across the region are

calling for an independent enquiry.

0:25:400:25:43

Police here say they welcome

any scrutiny into what

0:25:430:25:46

they are doing and why.

0:25:460:25:48

However there are some deep concerns

that they are not doing enough.

0:25:480:25:52

Local MP Lucy Allen is calling

for more action to keep vulnerable

0:25:520:25:55

girls on the streets safe.

0:25:550:25:58

The authorities in Telford do not

deny there is a problem with child

0:25:580:26:01

sexual exploitation.

0:26:010:26:03

They say it is happening

all over the country.

0:26:030:26:06

However the scale of the problem

is what is being contested.

0:26:060:26:14

Paralympics GB have

taken their fifth medal

0:26:190:26:21

at the Winter games -

after Menna Fitzpatrick

0:26:210:26:23

and her guide Jen Kehoe took silver

in the women's visually

0:26:230:26:26

impaired giant slalom.

0:26:260:26:27

It's the pair's third

medal in these Olympics.

0:26:270:26:31

Kate Grey is in Pyeongchang.

0:26:310:26:39

If you have been following the

Paralympics you will know the names

0:26:400:26:45

Menna Fitzpatrick and Jen Kehoe. The

slopes have been happy hunting

0:26:450:26:50

ground for the pair and today no

exception.

0:26:500:26:56

This is what it means

to win a Paralympic medal.

0:26:560:26:58

Menna Fitzpatrick and her guide

Jen Kehoe today added

0:26:580:27:01

to their medal tally.

0:27:010:27:01

This time in the giant slalom.

0:27:010:27:06

After two faultless runs down

the Jong Sun slopes,

0:27:060:27:08

the silver medal was theirs.

0:27:080:27:09

The pair clearly savouring every

moment of their first

0:27:090:27:11

Paralympic experience.

0:27:110:27:14

And following the long

day in the mountains,

0:27:140:27:16

here at the Medal Plaza

is where they come to collect

0:27:160:27:19

their reward in front

of proud family and friends.

0:27:190:27:22

They think of each other

like sisters, I think.

0:27:220:27:24

It is so lovely to see.

0:27:240:27:27

It is lovely for us and I think that

bond and that relationship

0:27:270:27:31

is a really key part of what's been

happening here this week.

0:27:310:27:38

As you saw before, Jen was in tears

and now I'm nearly doing the same.

0:27:390:27:42

Try not to ruin my mascara!

0:27:420:27:44

Don't ruin the make up!

0:27:440:27:45

Today was not just about

the British success.

0:27:450:27:48

There has been plenty of other

action taking place particularly

0:27:480:27:51

at the Alpensia resort,

home to the cross-country skiing.

0:27:510:27:57

And the sprint events

are always an exciting watch.

0:27:570:27:59

A staggered start format with

the less able athletes going first.

0:27:590:28:02

Then the chase begins.

0:28:020:28:04

Britain's Scott Meenagh didn't make

it through to the sitting final

0:28:040:28:07

but it turned out to be a thrilling

race with the American Andrew Soule

0:28:070:28:10

sneaking the victory.

0:28:100:28:11

Meanwhile at the curling,

Britain won their first match

0:28:110:28:14

against Germany but then lost

to the USA.

0:28:140:28:17

Some basic errors saw the match slip

away from them and maybe with it,

0:28:170:28:20

their chances of a medal.

0:28:200:28:28

Tomorrow we have curling again and

facing the top two teams in the

0:28:300:28:36

round robin standards and that will

decide whether they make it through

0:28:360:28:38

to the play-offs. So expect another

tight and nail-biting day on the ice

0:28:380:28:44

for the curlers.

0:28:440:28:46

It's Ladies day at the Cheltenham

festival, and after Lizzie Kelly

0:28:460:28:49

rode to victory yesterday,

there are high hopes for another

0:28:490:28:51

female jockey this afternoon.

0:28:510:28:57

Bryony Frost is one of the leading

contenders in the RSA

0:28:570:29:00

Chase, and is regarded as one

of horse racing's most

0:29:000:29:02

promising young riders.

0:29:020:29:03

Andy Swiss reports from Cheltenham.

0:29:030:29:07

It is jump racing's very

own fashion parade.

0:29:070:29:09

Ladies Day at Cheltenham.

0:29:090:29:17

And while for some here

it is all about the wearing, for one

0:29:170:29:20

woman it is all about the winning.

0:29:200:29:22

This is Bryony Frost

and her horse Black Corton.

0:29:220:29:24

Barely a year ago Frost

was a little-known amateur

0:29:240:29:26

but after more than 30 wins this

season she's the sport's rising

0:29:260:29:29

star, now hoping her favourite horse

can carry her to new heights.

0:29:290:29:34

I mean this little chap,

he means the world to me.

0:29:340:29:37

You know, I will never have a horse

in my career that I will go

0:29:370:29:44

through the same climb as I have

with this lad.

0:29:440:29:48

I started off as a conditional,

a baby, basically and this lad

0:29:480:29:50

started off as a novice.

0:29:500:29:51

Black Corton is one of the main

contenders this afternoon.

0:29:510:29:54

No woman has ever been jump racing's

champion jockey but at just 22,

0:29:540:29:57

Frost is already being tipped

for great things.

0:29:570:30:03

I think if she rides 40,

50 winners a year and really good

0:30:030:30:06

winners it would be good

for the sport and she will be very,

0:30:060:30:10

very happy with that.

0:30:100:30:12

Who knows where the

future might take her.

0:30:120:30:14

It would be good if she did

or if one day in the future a girl

0:30:140:30:18

was champion jockey.

0:30:180:30:19

And this festival has already seen

success for female riders.

0:30:190:30:21

A victory yesterday

for Lizzie Kelly.

0:30:210:30:25

Recent research showed women jockeys

don't get the same opportunities

0:30:250:30:29

as men but perform just as well.

0:30:290:30:32

A point that today could once again

be gloriously proved.

0:30:320:30:40

From the frost is racing at ten past

two and then at half past three the

0:30:410:30:46

Queen Mother Champion Chase. Cloudy

and breezy conditions for the 60,000

0:30:460:30:50

fans here but plenty for them to

look forward to.

0:30:500:30:54

Time for a look at the weather.

0:30:540:30:56

Here's Helen Willets.

0:30:560:30:57

We do have some sunshine on offer as

you can see here in Norwich. At

0:31:000:31:08

Cheltenham already that cloud has

come in. We have a massive area of

0:31:080:31:13

low pressure driving the weather

across much of Western Europe. That

0:31:130:31:20

is pushing that rain into the

western side of the UK. This is how

0:31:200:31:26

it looks at the moment, warnings out

for Northern Ireland got it will

0:31:260:31:34

rain for the next 24 hours here. So

for many probably two or three hours

0:31:340:31:39

but the added concern of that gale

force wind and onion across Devon

0:31:390:31:43

and Cornwall for the rush-hour

0:31:430:31:51

and Cornwall for the rush-hour but

at the rain blowing into the South

0:31:510:31:54

West of Scotland as well. Further is

to be held on sunshine for the

0:31:540:31:57

remainder of the day and quite

pleasant in contrast. But the wind

0:31:570:32:03

temper as those mild temperatures.

Overnight we should be largely frost

0:32:030:32:09

free with that increasing cloud. So

again to three hours of rain for

0:32:090:32:15

most to start the day but bragging

the South in the West. Eventually

0:32:150:32:18

the rain set to clear Northern

Ireland into the afternoon had by

0:32:180:32:21

that stage pushing into Scotland,

wintry over the hills. Then some

0:32:210:32:26

sharp showers to follow behind. So

in the Atlantic, that influence

0:32:260:32:33

makes it still fairly mild. Then as

we go through Thursday night and

0:32:330:32:38

Friday you can see that wintry nest

increasing across the hills of

0:32:380:32:44

Scotland, temperatures starting to

fall away. Then another benefit

0:32:440:32:47

coming in so remaining unsettled.

Friday the wind still a feature in

0:32:470:32:54

the north and the East. The area

still mild in the south and west but

0:32:540:32:58

starting to fall away on Friday in

Scotland. The high-pressure is

0:32:580:33:03

starting to sink South and influence

the UK. Allowing that biting

0:33:030:33:09

easterly wind to return and also the

prospect of some snow later in the

0:33:090:33:13

weekend. The wind is the main

feature but growing concerns about

0:33:130:33:17

the potential snowfall as well.

Certainly not what we had last

0:33:170:33:25

weekend which was some mild and

springlike weather but we're back to

0:33:250:33:28

winter this weekend.

0:33:280:33:31

springlike weather but we're back to

winter this weekend.

0:33:310:33:33

A reminder of our main

story this lunchtime.

0:33:330:33:39

The Prime Minister has told MPs that

23 Russian diplomats will be

0:33:390:33:43

expelled from the UK. After Russia

ignored a deadline to explain why a

0:33:430:33:47

Soviet nerve agent was used on a

former spy in Salisbury.

There is no

0:33:470:33:53

alternative conclusion other than

that the Russian state was culpable

0:33:530:33:57

of the attempted murder of Sergei

Skripal and his daughter. And for

0:33:570:34:01

threatening the lives of other

richest citizen in Salisbury

0:34:010:34:04

including Detective Sergeant Nick

Bailey.

0:34:040:34:08

That's all from the BBC News at One

- so it's goodbye from me -

0:34:080:34:11

and on BBC One we now join the BBC's

news teams where you are.

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